Lisa Lodge took over the role at Vincents Solicitors, having previously served as number two in the department under Chris Mathews, who resigned from his role as he plans to retire.
A director of the firm and responsible for the Garstang branch, Lisa has been part of the management team for seven years.
She also led the work of the firm’s Court of Protection and is the principal assistant and court-appointed professional attorney.
Chris Mathews has been in charge since 2013 and will continue to work part-time from Vincents’ Lytham office.
Phillip Gilmore, Managing Director of Vincents, said: “We have an extremely successful and growing private clients department which has thrived under the joint leadership of Chris and Lisa. I would like to thank them and acknowledge the tremendous contribution Chris has made to the firm over the past nine years.
“Fortunately, we are in the fortuitous position of having an extremely strong succession plan and Lisa’s promotion was just a formality. A superb lawyer and very competent expert in estate protection and planning, she is an exceptional resource for our clients and an excellent manager for her team.
Lisa will lead a team working in each of the company’s locations in Preston, Garstang, Lytham, Chorley and Penwortham.
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These include experts specializing in wills, trusts and estates, contentious estates, enduring powers of attorney and the work of the Court of Protection.
She said: “I will seek to increase our work with the Court of Protection and provide support to friends and family members of clients who are pushed into these positions of responsibility, and I will advocate on behalf of vulnerable people including we deal with the issues. on a daily basis.